Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln. He often cited the sixteenth President in speeches, evoked his image in campaign material, and collected or received over 100 pieces of Lincoln related ephemera.
Shown here is a photograph of Lincoln pieces given to FDR in 1942 by historian John E. Washington.
Fixed to the photo is a small “Lock of hair removed from Pres. Lincoln’s head by Wm. Slade his messenger while preparing the body for burial,” and a small “Piece of dress worn by Mrs. Lincoln the night of the assassination showing blood of Pres. Lincoln. Given by Mrs. Slade to her cousin Mrs. Brooks.”
The FDR Library’s Museum has several pieces related to Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, you can see many of them here.
-from the FDR Library
Campaign memorabilia can get pretty wacky, like these sunglasses from the 1976 election season. The frames are decorated with a stars and stripes motif, and pendants suspended from chains display a portrait of Gerald R. Ford.
You can view over 200 images from the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library through their participation in the Wikimedia GLAM Project.
What’s GLAM? Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums is a part of the Wikipedia group that works on making copyright free images accessible for Wikipedia articles. The images can be explored and used by everyone.
So if current campaigns haven’t met your expectations for Shrinky Dink ornaments or riffs on “The Fonz,” step back into the seventies here.
-from the Ford Library
This campaign artifact in the shape of a lock is engraved with the phrase, “The lock to the White House.” When the cover on the keyhole is pushed aside, it reveals William Howard Taft’s name.
William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt drifted from friendship to animosity throughout Taft’s term. Roosevelt felt that Taft did not live up to the progressive ideals that Roosevelt put forth during his presidency. Despite his pledge to not run for office, Roosevelt encouraged the growing Progressive Party to nominate him for President, which he accepted. Taft campaigned against both his former friend as well as Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson.